The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

cvr9780743487573_9780743487573_hrNow everyone dreams of an adventure, in the hopes of not only meeting new people but discovering who they are.
After staging his death and running away, Huck meets up with Jim, a runaway slave from the village. They decide to travel down the river together and gain their freedom in return.

The book’s presentation delves into issues such as racism, companionship, war, beliefs, and freedom with an uncanny combination of lightheartedness and gravitas making it extremely easy to get into the book. The amazing thing about Twain is the amount of satire and irony he put in the story which greatly reflect not only his thoughts, but the thoughts of Huck as well. Underlying themes are ubiquitous in Huck Finn.
The story, as incendiary as it may be, is very exquisite and the characterization of Huck and Jim’s relationship, as anomalous as it is, really helps keep the story going.

Characters in the story was a mixed bag. While the novel continually stresses that Huck is the main character, Jim was ultimately the more interesting character and one the reader can sympathize with the most. Tom Sawyer’s character, while pivotal in the development of Huck’s character, had a very rushed introduction and ultimately led me to not care for him much. Speaking of development, character development in the story was surprisingly good. For a major part of their journey together, Huck views Jim as property. Eventually, Jim becomes a father figure—the first Huck ever had in his life. Jim teaches Huck right from wrong, and an emotional bond develops through the course of their journey down the river. By the last segment of the book, Huck has learned to think like an adult instead of a child. An example would be Tom’s plan on freeing Jim. When Huck showed genuine concern for Jim’s wellbeing it poignantly demonstrated a change in Huck’s personality.

I was at first slightly skeptical and judgmental towards this book because of the generous use of the “n” word, however, I found myself really enjoying this book. I felt like I could really connect with the book because the book preaches against enslavement and conformity and as teenager, I often feel oppressed by society in some ways. Ultimately, Huck Finn leaves an immutable impression on the reader and is one of the few classics I would recommend.


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